Masquerage 2009

Yay!  It’s that time of year again.  Masquerage was last night!

Last year I had a couple posts (here, here, and here) on a very fun evening of costume wearing and cross dressing, all for a good benefit — AIDS research.  Masquerage  raises lots of funds for this research, which still impacts way too many people.  And they raise money while still having a great time.

Last year, some of our primary crew of party goers were unavailable (flimsy excuses like vacationing on another continent or taking care of sick kids or other trivial reasons like that).  This year, bolstered by a few new friends, we had a great party of 7 folks going to the benefit.

This year’s theme for the party was “1930’s Circus”.

We spent the last couple of months coming up with costume ideas.  My best friend and I decided that it would be very cool to go as the Lion Tamer (me) and the Untameable Lioness (she).  Others went as the Ringmaster, the Trapeze Artiste, and the Fortune Teller.  Random costumes filled out the remainder (actually, the only requirement for attending is that you have some sort of mask on – – either a real mask or a painted one;  these could be as detailed or simple as you wished).

The event was in a different venue this year, but was just as sassy and exciting as last year.  Highly empowered by a pre-party at my friend’s house where, besides drinking heavily*, we did our final costuming and mask painting.

"Keep Your Eyes Closed!"

"Keep Your Eyes Closed!"

Popping glow sticks on the ride over, we found clever places to put them (my friend, for example, stuffing a few down her cleavage to glow through her top).

And once again, the event was a wonder of myriad costumes and people.  Not all stuck with the “1930’s Circus” theme (one glaring example being the two gentlemen who dressed up as Transformers), but there were costumes galore for viewing pleasure.  Some more pleasurable than others, revealing a bit more than what you’d expect from the average Halloween costume.

It was a tremendous party.  The drag queen troupe was there and they arranged for several side shows for the stage (the knife thrower…the contortionist…dancers between acts…etc.).

Gives me frisky ideas

Gives me frisky ideas

Ouch...Eye Candy Hurts

Ouch...Eye Candy Hurts

I enjoyed playing the role of Lion Tamer, making free use of a riding crop I brought along (don’t ask) and having fun dragging her from place to place on a leash (yeah, I know that’s not really the way they did it in the Circus…but it had a kinky air to it that sort of thrilled me).  Found it amusing that, despite the fact she’s a grown woman and not really a lioness, I felt I couldn’t leave (to get more drinks or hit the little lion tamer’s room) without handing off the leash to one of the other party folks…almost like I had to make sure she was under control at all times.

here kitty, kitty, kitty...

here kitty, kitty, kitty...

The mustache came off quickly…could NOT drink with that sucker on and I was not willing to give that much to the art.

Food and drink fueled an evening of dancing and just plain fun.

Highlights of the evening included my Lioness borrowing my riding crop to whip a clown, the dancers who entertained between acts, and being stopped numerous times to get our picture taken.  That latter included folks from the local paper who posted us on their website.

Heading back, happily, well after midnight, it was clear that the evening was a hit with all of us, designated driver included.

I’m already jazzed for next year’s event.


*Worry not as we got another of our theater friends to be the designated driver.


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10 Responses to “Masquerage 2009”

  1. Rob Says:

    Looks like a swell time was had by all!

  2. daisyfae Says:

    seeing contortionists always makes me crave pretzels….

  3. hisqueen Says:

    you were very kind to point out where your friends glow sticks went but you failed to indicate where you placed yours. I hop you made sure to light the way back to the tamer.
    entertainment sounds like it was really cool..did you guys convince the knife thrower to go at the contortionists.
    Glad you guys had a great time and a driver…saw 3 very drunk drivers on the road last evening. happy to know you didn’t participate in that.

  4. nursemyra Says:

    I want that contortionist’s costume!

  5. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    Sounds like the Transformer Twins didn’t get the memo.
    Adore your get-up though… pretty freaking sweet.

  6. thegnukid Says:

    rob – i’m pretty sure we did, though moments of it were a bit hazy. but even the hazy moments were a blast. so….yeah!

    daisyfae – they always make me crave a trip to the chiropractor

    hisqueen – [chuckle] i wore a cumberbund with my costume and stuck it in the folds of that (“crumb catchers up!”). and, no, we didn’t have the knife thrower chase the contortionist. we were busy drinking and dancing and people watching

    nursemyra – i’m on it! may take awhile. if i can get it, will you come here and wear it to next year’s Masquerage?

    stephanie – the transformers weren’t the only ones, but likely the most ‘too current’ costumes. and, yeah, it was an absolute blast–friends, location, show, all of it…! not sure i’ll be able to top that costume, but am willing to try.

  7. nursemyra Says:

    um… not next year. that will clash with my greek holiday with daisyfae

  8. hisqueen Says:

    Nursie…you could wear it while on holiday and then post it for “t-shirt friday”
    see if Gnu can get 2 of for you and one for Daisy

  9. Uncle Keith Says:

    I hope DaisyFae whipped that clown into unconsciousness!

  10. daisyfae Says:

    @unclekeith – you know, i DID think of you when i was lashing his striped ass…

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